Morning Devotion: Questions and Answers

Question: Should a Christian live differently from the world? Answer” Yes

Christians are to live differently from the world, that is called separation. Separation is not isolation nor is it being a recluse. We are in the world but not of the world.

Christain’s are a people bought by the blood of Jesus and are borne-again, meaning we are different. We are born of God and are separated unto God.

John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13  Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

That means we are of God living unto God because God is our Saviour. Heaven is our home and we look for a city whose builder and maker is God.

Hebrews 11:10  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

Our affections are toward the Lord and heaven.

Colossians 3:1  ¶If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. 2  Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. 3  For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. 4  When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

We look forward to the time when Jesus will return to take us to heaven to be with Him.

Mark 12:30  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

Now, as Christians, we are not in heaven, we are still here on earth. So, we endeavour to live for the Lord while here on earth. That one principle means that we live a life for God which is different from the world. The bible is what God gave us to help us live in such a manner.

Jesus prayed in John 17:14-17  “I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.”

We then as believers, look forward to the time when Jesus returns. Until then, we endeavour to live for Him while here on this sod.

Titus 2:11  For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12  Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Consequently, we look at this world differently. This world is not our love, our muse nor it is our desire. We live in this world but we are not in love with it. Our love is for the Lord.

1 John 2:15  Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16  For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.

As the chorus to “This World is Not My Home” says: “This world is not my home, I’m just a passing through – My treasures are laid up some where beyond the blue. The angels beckon me from heaven’s open shore, and I can’t feel at home in this world anymore.”

While this world offers many amenities and frivolities in its vanity fair, we as believers have another love, He is Jesus. The world can never offer you eternal life and heaven, only Jesus can.

The choice is still yours,

Pastor Cook